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There are many times when I found the perfect picture for a slide show but after re-sizing it to the carousel desired height it is still too tall.

Besides cropping, are there any tricks to shave off height of a photo? I know it seems like a ridiculous answer, but maybe there are tools or methods out there for dealing with these problems I am not aware of.

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  1. Crop it manually.
  2. Add a plain background colour (or clone some of the existing background) to pad the image to obtain the correct ratio.
  3. Use Content-aware resizing. This is a fairly new form of resizing which analyses the image, and tries to resize the image without losing perspective. This works great on landscapes, but not on faces. Try it, YMMV.
  • Depending on how much height or width you need to 'shave off', Content Aware Resize should do a good job. It's clever enough to recognise the areas of your image that contain the most detail (faces, for example) and avoid compressing them until it absolutely has to. – Alex May 11 '16 at 12:42
  • By the way @user3791372, you should delete points one and two from this answer and just include Content Aware – this is clearly the best solution for this question. – Alex May 11 '16 at 12:44
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    @Alex I'll leave them in because it's always good to be able to choose from a list of options and either try them out, or choose not to try them, rather than use just "the best" solution which can isolate you in a box over time. – user3791372 May 11 '16 at 12:53

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